Whereas most have heard, visited or even resided in small towns such as The Pas, Manitoba; the basis of their very survival is often challenged. Professor Bob Benedetti, Director of University of the Pacific's Jacoby Center for Public explains; small town politics is a different animal altogether, "What happens in small towns is that there isn't a political class that, in a sense, lives apart or can be apart. They live with everybody and everybody sees them."
“If I park my car…say for example on Fischer Avenue by the Westoba Credit Union and I’m going to the post office a block away…It can take me sometimes 45 minutes to get down that block. To just talk and talk! Can’t do it anywhere else in the world that I know of.”
“You see these perceived huge controversies in the Mayors Facebook page and originally think what a mess this is. But if you look at all 80 to 100 comments, it basically involves about six people. Often times it’s the same six. You know what they say about pleasing all of the people all of the time,” stated Scott.
“I just wanted to clarify that the Mayor’s Facebook page is something the Mayor initiated and is looked after by himself. This Facebook page has nothing to do with ‘Council’ or the Town. And that is why staff nor Councillors respond to questions. We have a policy and procedure for when people have complaints or concerns that they want dealt with and it is not done through Facebook.”
“In truth, much has been made about social media's ability to truncate political meaning (and other meanings, certainly) at the expense of in-depth discussion.”
“Why don’t we hand over the annual recreation budget to the Kelsey Recreation and say handle it. Look after everything. You want to improve the ball diamonds? Go ahead and improve them. You want to organize more hockey tournament? Have more hockey tournaments. You want to build a new skate park facility? Put one in. Here’s the money.”
“We make a decision, and then we tell them we made a decision. I’m so disgusted with this Accommodation Tax that I want to through my hands in the air. We've changed it, and changed it, and changed it. At the end of the day we are going to have to do something about this.”
“Nobody challenges decisions made at the school board level; yet it’s the largest portion of their taxes. No one complains about the school division. In the last municipal election in 2010 they were all elected by acclamation. And if you ask them, they’ll tell you it’s because they’re doing such a good job: I don’t think so. I think it’s apathetic as hell. Nobody cares about the school division.”
“You could take all of the town’s revenue and through it to fixing the roads and you would probably run out of money; and the roads would still need to be fixed,” commented Halpin.